Being a CASA volunteer a few years ago, and for the last two years working with foster children has opened my eyes to the reality that some children in our society face. I had no idea how bad it really gets for some. We should not be burying our heads in the sand.
Has anyone read A Child Called “It”? It was required in the CASA training as a sort of “welcome to the field, read this to prove you have some empathy” test. An acquaintance of mine wrote a critical review of the book a while back. While there is certainly nothing wrong with that, it really shows how many of us are completely unaware of what the lives of many children are like. Here is part of what she said:
“I classify this under non-fiction with tongue in cheek. The author claims it is the truth, but that’s been called into question by the media and literary groups, and pretty much anyone reading it would have a hard time believing all the things happened which the author claims.”
Whether or not the book is factual is really not the point. The author may very well have fabricated or sensationalized his early life in order to make a profit. Who knows? The point is that while the stuff that the boy’s mother inflicts on him in the book is not a pretty sight (mostly emotional and some physical abuse), his story is not abnormal for the foster care field, and probably anyone I have worked with for the last two years could offer you a dozen case examples that were more horrific than that of the boy in the book.